Living Landscapes: Ant Farms Framed into Abstract Wall Art


Ant farms have come and gone as a fad, but so has traditional framed wall painting as decor to some extent. Perhaps they would have made a comeback sooner had someone thought to combine the two. Just imagine their reaction when guests catch your wall art moving out of the corners of their eyes.

FRAMEicariums may be an awkward name, but so too is the odd juxtaposition of chipped and faded vintage paintings with ants and sand trapped between them on a glass cover. Reusing retro artwork that would otherwise be discarded, these designs play on a combination of classic ideas of art, modern found objects and dynamic natural forces.

Some of these are simple, single-colored canvasses with lights to enhance the ants at work and a vintage frame to encase them (and layer of monochrome glass for added interest). Others are antique landscape paintings forgotten by the world and re-purposed to new ends.

Unlike most art, you can watch these pieces move and evolve over time as the ants build and borrow, creating tunnels and paths in their thin layer of occupied space. Meanwhile, the background landscapes naturally change with the front-end construction. Not bad for a novelty, so long as cleaning is not too complex a task.

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